Planet P Project – “Planet P Project” (1983)

This was more or less a solo project of Tony Carey. Following a few years playing keyboards for Rainbow, Carey found himself adrift when the label putting out his solo work, Rocshire, was shut down by the feds due to some shady money-handling practices. Carey signed two separate deals with Geffen, one for his third solo album Some Tough City and the other for his new concept, Planet P Project. Ironically Some Tough City came out a year after Planet P Project. He put out two albums in the early 1980s under the Planet P Project monicker, later returning to it for the Go Out Dancing trilogy in the mid-to-late 2000s. Planet P is said to be a reference to a planet in Robert Heinlein’s novel Starship Troopers, a forward base of the nemesis Arachnids.

Musically Planet P Project is synth-pop tinged with just a dash of prog. “Why Me?” popped up for air, making it to #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 and a small splash on MTV with it’s “Major Tom”-esque theme, sounding like the soundtrack to the training sequence in some kind of 1980s movie about space exploration. A bit dated, to be sure, but with 80s-style synths making a comeback it has a retro-contemporary vibe. Interesting, probably most appealing to fans of the era.